Baby led solids. Best idea ever. No trouble, no crap, no extra expense.
And amazingly, although I wouldn't leave them alone with food anyway, I've never had a child choke in 14 years of feeding babies & toddlers. Gag, yes. But they always get it out by themselves. Amazing, they are! (And even the gagging is rare.)
I had one child who wouldn't swallow a single bite of solid food till he was 12 months old. He'd put some in his mouth around 9 months and chew it, but not swallow. On his first birthday, we made popcorn in the skillet and he ate and swallowed a whole handful! Most of my children have been still using breastmilk as their primary food until they were 18-20 months old. (Mama has to have a solid diet for that to be enough, though.) Amazing boogers, they are.
5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***